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Colossians 1:10-14

Sunday, May 10, 2015 P.M. Service – Blackrock Baptist Church

Sermon title was “Sight, Flight, and Might”

Colossians 1:10-14

10 …so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks[a] to the Father, who has qualified you[b]to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

We should be a “365 seeker”–seeking the Lord daily, not just on a Sunday morning at church. In Colossians 1:9, Paul prayed that the Colossian church would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. We should pray the same–we don’t want to miss opportunities. How many opportunities do we miss? What if our thought life or our service (or lack thereof) was shown to everyone, as on a movie reel, for all our family, friends, and acquaintances to see?

In verse 9, we read about knowing God’s will so that (v.10) we’ll walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. Spend time with someone and you learn what he likes and dislikes; spend time with the Lord and know His will and walk in obedience to it.

See Psalm 1–Delight in the law of the Lord; meditate on it day and night (Ps. 1:2). Be a 365 seeker.

Walk (abide) in Christ daily, so that we won’t be ashamed when He returns — 1 John 2:28 says  “And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.”  All believers will all go through the  judgement seat of Christ. Be ready!

Col 1:10 also mentions “work”. We don’t work to be saved, but salvation and works go hand in hand. Works are the evidence of salvation. Matt 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Good works, good fruit only happens as we abide in the vine (Christ), see John 15.

Col 1:11 We need His power and might for endurance and patience with joy. Having joy in trial is a litmus test for the Christian. It’s easy to rejoice when times are good–the Christian has joy even in trial. We don’t just link “good events” to God’s goodness–God is good always, in all circumtances. All things aren’t necessarily good, but God can use all things for good. (See Romans 8:28)

Col 1:12 In Adam, we’re all disqualified. God qualifies us in Christ.

Col 1:13 God has delivered us in Christ

Col 1:14 We are redeemed and forgiven in Christ (see also Hebrews 10:1. Christ accomplished what the law could not do).

 

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Sermon Notes

 

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Relationship

Lord, there are many in my life who are struggling in their relationships. Marriages are falling apart all around me, including my own. You can be glorified in bringing these people together, can’t You Lord? Please hear my plea–it is inadequate, but I come to You knowing that nothing is too hard for You.

First, I ask as I have many times that You would do a work of grace in the heart of my husband. May our marriage not be eternally severed. I thank You that I am content to be single, however. That is a gift from You and I praise You for helping me, so needy, to be content in this way.

It has come to mind that a cousin is going through a divorce. You already know the situation, Lord. They have a child Lord. Please, mend their relationships. Grant them repentance and new hearts. Of supreme importance is their relationship with Christ. Would You reconcile them to You through faith in Your Son, the King? And then bring them back to one another? For Your glory and for the sake of the child? That she may grow up with a mom and dad who love You and love one another? Please grant this request. You have all wisdom and know the best thing to do, so I thank You for what You are doing in their lives. Forgive them.

My dear friend is struggling in another relationship–You know all Lord. You know that she has been through so many trials, and now is living with her biological father, who did not raise her. There is tension and irritation in their relationship, Lord. Lord, I pray, first, that they would both be born again and know You fully. Once they know You, then You grant Your Spirit to live in them, working in them what is pleasing to You. You love Your creation loving one another, so I pray that they would grow in You, then their relationship will be full of love, respect, and kindness. Please soften the heart of this man–he’s involved in a “church” that teaches prosperity and the power of our own voice, rather than relying on YOUR WORD, and submitting to it. Grant him discernment, please, Lord, and lead him to worship in a place where truth where is spoken. I pray that they might worship together.

I pray you would bless the marriage of my mom and step-dad. May they spend their time in a manner that is pleasing to You, respecting and honoring one another, and not taking one another for granted. May she respect her husband and may he cherish her, according to Your word, Lord, and not be hard towards her when she isn’t feeling well, and may she bear with him in his habits and mannerisms. Thank You for their kindness to me and to all people. Thank You for the gentleness they have shown to me and others, especially now in my time of need when I didn’t have a place to live.

  • My marriage
  • My cousin’s marriage
  • My dear friend and her Dad
  • My parents

I give these relationships up to You. You already know what You will do and I thank You that we can rely on Your wisdom and not lean to our own understanding. Please mend, Lord. Amen.

 
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Proverbs 4:23-27 “The Sentinel of Our Sanity”

Sunday, May 3, 2015 A.M. Service – Blackrock Baptist Church

Proverbs 4:23-27 “The Sentinel of Our Sanity”

 
 

23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,

for from it flow the springs of life.

 24 Put away from you crooked speech,

and put devious talk far from you.

25 Let your eyes look directly forward,

and your gaze be straight before you.

 26 Ponder the path of your feet;

then all your ways will be sure.

 27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;

turn your foot away from evil.  (ESV)

The battlefield of the believer is in the heart and mind; it’s not a geographical location, on the job, at school, etc. It’s not against other people either.

v23. The term “keep” used here is a military term. It has the idea of standing guard. We are to guard our hearts and minds and to “…take every thought captive to obey Christ…” (2 Cor 10:5)

We protect our material possessions–we should take even more care to protect our hearts and minds. WE ARE IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE: “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” (2 Cor 10:3-5)

Hide the Word of God in your heart to assist in guarding your heart. When a security alarm is breached, there’s a signal. Hiding the Word in our hearts helps make us sensitive when our thoughts wander where they shouldn’t.

Remember Eve and the serpent (Genesis ch. 3)– the enemy got her thoughts on to something that God had forbidden. He planted an idea of doubt about the goodness of God and an idea of something better outside of God’s will. “Did God actually say….?”– he planted doubt about the Word of God. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God…” –he tempted Eve to doubt God’s goodness and His good intentions for them.

There is a progression in the passage of Proverbs 4:23-27 — Heart, mouth, eyes, feet. A guarded heart and a guided heart leads to:

  • a moral mouth v.24
  • established eyes v.25
  • faithful feet v.26-27


Jesus tells us in Matthew ch. 15 “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. ”  Evil comes out of our hearts.

First, we need a new heart. Educationinformation, and relocation can’t give us a new heart. Regeneration is necessary. Information without transformation will lead to frustration. Information with transformation leads to celebration.  It’s not just an informed mind that we must have; it’s a transformed mind we need. (Rom 12:2)
 
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Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Sermon Notes

 

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